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Old 12-10-2012, 11:10 AM   #16
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This weekend I was able to successfully use "coconut Pete's old t-shirt method"

I was doing the cheap version of DangerMouse's way and just trying to use a plunger on the drain, but it just kept shooting air out of the tub overflow.

For CoconutPete's old t-shirt method you need:

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old t-shirt
Plunger


Turn on the water in the tub
Throw the old t-shirt into the tub
Remove the 2 screws from the tub overflow and remove the cover.
Grab the old t-shirt and wring it out.
Shove the old t-shirt into the overflow pipe, effectively plugging it.
Plunge the drain!
Watch in amazement as the drain now works.

At least it worked for me.


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Old 12-10-2012, 11:20 AM   #17
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yeah, that pesky overflow hole needs to be closed off sometimes....
I did the same thing at the old house with a wet towel, (held by the kid while I plunged)

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If tub drain itself seals tight, use plunger at overflow. Depending on shape of tub wall and over flow cover, you may not have to remove cover. A thick coating of petroleum jelly or plumber's putty on rim of plunger will help seal it. Try to ues plunger as suction device, using it as forcing device can sometimes just push clog farther down pipe where you can't reach it without snake.

And don't forget what you learned in Hi Skool, cherry bombs are amazingly effecient at clearing clogs. If bomb itself doesn't clear clog, burst pipes result in whole crew of plumbers showing up. Also whole crew of janitors with mops.
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I guess thats why the correct name is "Force Pump" not plunger
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I did the same thing at the old house with a wet towel, (held by the kid while I plunged)
I kept asking my daughter to hold the wet t-shirt, but she just looked at me and giggled. My wife kept saying something about 8 months not being old enough to help with house stuff, but I personally think that's plenty old
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Sewer Wars, The Entire Flow Back, Return of the Plumbers. May the force pump be with you. Yo, da master plumber, "Backed up da terlet is."

Pete, an 8 month old oughta be heavy enough to set on thinks while the glue drys.
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I kept asking my daughter to hold the wet t-shirt, but she just looked at me and giggled. My wife kept saying something about 8 months not being old enough to help with house stuff, but I personally think that's plenty old
If 8 months is old enough to vote, drive and do housework, it's surely old enough to help YOU without all that childish giggling...

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Hmmmmm.... seems like an awfully expensive way to clear a drain!

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Did this go over everyone elses head? Funny.
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Did this go over everyone elses head? Funny.
I thought so too.....

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I kept asking my daughter to hold the wet t-shirt, but she just looked at me and giggled.
Fast forward 18 years and that would sound a lot worse...
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I have poured a half of Joy dish soap and got pretty good results as well. Works great in the toilet
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hia, joined yesterday, this is my second post.. first, my home is almost fourty years ..and so the sludge on the 2.5 galvanize sink drain pipe build up requires snaking every year or two. Tried draino and discovered the baking soda white vinegar trick for the sink traps in the house, still not affective enough to punch out the black sludge.. even after small portable 25 ft. drill snake , after a year the sludge builds up again enough to clog the washer machine drain pipe and basmt shower pan backs up leaving a ring of sewage sediment in the shower pan. This is the third or fourth time in the last six years I had to use the snake/draino/vinegar/baking soda.. I even thought it was roots in the main 4 inch cast so i rented the 100 ft snake with the root cutter interchangable heads etc.. even though i was thorough .. i could never fully clean existing sink pipes ,,the wall sludge inside the 25 ft or so 3.5 galvanize sink and washer pipes that the snake clearly reveals on the auger..( thick tar clay sludge smells like sewage) anyway.. after running a garden hose while using a drill auger,the 25 snake did punch the clog, but this time,I'm also going to try the enzyme foam stuff. I figure late during sleep hours use it periodically like once a month for maintenance. I hope cleaning the inside walls of the pipes existing, I believe they are still caked with too much black sludge even after the snaking and running water trick.. I suppose this is a long post but this is /was my experience with clogged old pipes in my home. cheers!
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I've had a lot of luck just by being persistent with a shop vac and hot tap water. Suck out all the water with the shop vac first. Then when you run the hot water, it stays nice and hot against the clog and breaks it up. That will usually go down although it may be slow at first. Repeat the process a few times until the clog breaks up. It might take a little longer, but you don't have to take anything apart or get covered in slime.

I also read recently that kicking a toilet can work quite often. I dunno. Kinda seems like it might work. The next time I clog up a toilet, you can bet it'll get a swift kick.
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Shop vac is a good idea for tough to get at situation for snake auger but, I figured out the best way is a lot of ways.. first best.. drill rotor snake.. followed by hot running water.. after that i used white vinigar/baking soda treatment plan for the following days before bedtime..i let it sit and morning run hort water too. Also , never dump coffee grinds down sink because that was the problem imho..also my town has hardwater so i fixed my watersoftener and what a difference! ..I tell everyone to be sure to clean sink strainer and not let peelings etc. go down drain.. i periodically use a cheap drain liquid cleaner cup or so just to overflow the trap befor bedtime..i think it is good maintenance/ prevent future clogs. lastly, i think the foam cleaners are worth using too from what i read.

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